Etsy Dallas Loves: Austin!

Austin, Texas is home to the birth of the handmade movement, thanks largely in part to the ladies of the original Austin Craft Mafia. We especially love Naughty Secertary Club's kitscky colorful costume jewelry and Sublime Stitching's eye-catching embroidery patterns. These crafty businesses opened the door for crafters and collectives like Etsy Dallas and Etsy Austin to blossom.

Necklace by Fat Cat Creations

Road Trip: AustinBound!
Today, Austin boasts a host of indie businesses, in particular the burgeoning trailer movement. On a recent road trip, Etsy Dallas founder and former Austinite, Stephanie of Tefi Designs, toured some of the capitol's best indie eateries and shops. Since beads are her mainstay, Stephanie stopped by Sea of Beads in north Austin and Legendary Beads in south Austin and walked away with some great finds.

The new Parts + Labour digs at 1117 S. Congress Ave.

The shopping didn't end there! Stephanie and family spent an afternoon on South Congress and visited Parts + Labour for local handmade goods, and Tesoros, a store that specializes in imports from South America, Asia and Africa. With shopping comes hunger, so it was off to Magnolia Cafe for a Neptunian Landscape (no verde sauce) and a bottomless cup o' joe.

Owner Ellen Kinsey serves up a cake shake to Jason Wright, tireless Etsy Dallas supporter.

The trailer tour in Austin's southern sector included some great eateries. Holy Cacao offered up delicious handmade cake balls and a yummy vanilla cake shake, and Izzoz Tacos makes the best migas around. Lulu B's is known for their delish Vietnamese sandwich's, so fresh and flavorful. It was a great road trip with tons of indie shopping and handmade fun!

A Whale-Respected Man tee by Squid Ink Kollective

A Move to the Capitol City
Austin got a brand spankin' new addition this week! The super-powered screen-printing duo known as Squid Ink Kollective has ditched North Texas for our great state capitol. Browse Brian and Lynnea's bright tees, flawlessly constructed handbags, and hilarious little oddities in their etsy shop. They'll be missed, but we think they'll do so well in Austin, we can't pout for very long!

written by Stephanie of Tefi Designs and Cheyne Little of Cut Out and Collect